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Sommer Park Preserve, Hopewell, New Jersey


Breeding Season 2001
Hannah Suthers

After a fabulous spring of daily birding for the Birdcast Radar Migration Study with 82 species of migrants seen, summer continued strongly with 72 species of breeding birds residing in the census area. The April-May drought affected the area strongly with ephemeral ponds drying up mid May, tadpoles dying by the thousands, and herbaceous vegetation wilting. Summer bird banding studies suggested that many nestlings did not make it; the fledgling catch was unprecedently low. Highlights of the breeding season were:

Woodcock10 displaying males
Ruffed Grouseseen repeatedly, 2 territories
Turkeyswith 5 poults
Mourning Dove16 territories, fledgling13 June
Turkey Vulture2 pairs
Red-tailed Hawknest and fledgling
Am. Kestrelpair frequently on wires of Hopewell-Wertsville Road
Yellow-billed Cuckoo
Black-billed Cuckoo2 territories
Eastern Screech Owl
Great-horned Owl2 pairs
Ruby–Throated Hummingbird3 territories, one mist-netted with brood patch
Hairy Woodpecker3 territories
Downy Woodpecker8 territories, 1 fledgling
Pileated Woodpeckerpair seen daily through June
Eastern Kingbirdin bordering hayfields
Great-crested Flycatcher8 territories
Willow Flycatcher2 territories
Purple Martinoverhead 2 May and mid-July
Barn Swallow4 pairs, 9 fledglings
Am. Crow9, fledgling 29 May
Carolina Chickadee12 territories; a breeding male mist netted; 3 June adult carrying food
Black-Capped Chickadee10 territories; carrying nest material 7 May, another nest material 10 May
White-breasted Nuthatch12 territories, carrying nest material 11 May
BROWN CREEPERmist netted female with brood patch and egg in abdomen 30 May.
Gray Catbird59 territories, carrying nest material 7 May, food 3 June, netted fledglings end June ff
Brown Thrasherterritory
Wood Thrush30 territories, mist netted fledglings 13 June ff
Veery21 territories, mist netted fledglings 1 July ff
Eastern Bluebirdfight with House Sparrow for box, and won, 12 May, nested
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher3 territories, family 8 July
White-eyed Vireoheard in mid June and end July
Yellow-throated Vireo2 territories
Red-eyed Vireo22 territories
Warbling Vireoheard once in June
Black-and-White Warbler2 territories, with nest material, 14 May (Lou Beck)
Blue-winged Warbler23 territories, netted breeding female 20 May, adult with fledglings 1 July
Yellow Warbler8 territories, breeding males mist netted 21 June, 9 July
Ovenbird34 territories, mist netted fledglings 14 July ff
Common Yellowthroat45 territories, mist netted fledglings July 1 ff
Yellow-breasted Chat2 territories through June
American Redstart2 territories
Hooded Warblersinging 29 May
Bobolinkcourtship chase in hay fields 16 May, present until mowing end June
Eastern Meadowlark2 territories in hay fields, present until mowing
Red-winged Blackbird9 territories, nesting material 12 May
Baltimore Oriole16 territories, nest found 5 June
Scarlet Tanager13 territories, courtship seen 11 May, mist netted breeding female 29 July
Rose-breasted Grosbeak20 territories, female carrying nest material 7 May
Indigo Bunting3 territories, mist netted breeding male 30 May, females 21 June, 29 July
Eastern Towhee41 territories, fledgling 14 July
Chipping Sparrow5 territories, active nest in May
Field Sparrow5 territories, breeding male mist netted 9 July

The bird banding study on fall habitat use by migratory birds continues into Novenber, after which time a report will be made.

Hannah Suthers and the Featherbed Lane Banding Station Crew  


Last revision: Friday, April 25, 2008